Buckland, located on the Buckland River about 75 miles southeast of Kotzebue, is home to about 450 residents. Nunatchiaq was built in 2002 and serves about 198 students, about 96% of whom are Alaska Natives. Twelve teachers provide academic and non-academic extra-curricular activities that include basketball and Eskimo dancing.
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Our school continues to implement CHAMPS. CHAMPS are behavior expectations for activities we carry out during instructional delivery. Our school also implements expectations guided by Safe and Civil best practices.
CHAMPS help facilitate instruction in the classrooms as students know exactly what conversation level is expected during the activity given, what to do in case they need assistance, the physical movement during the activity, and their participation.
We have also adopted very clear practices regarding student behaviors in common areas such as: hallway transitions, dismissal procedures, and cafeteria expectations.
The NWABSD is communicating closely with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and with the Maniilaq Association to develop and refine our preparedness plans. In the event of a suspected or confirmed case in the region, we will follow the state and CDC guidance to take steps to keep our students, staff, and community safe and slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).